Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) July 06, 2014
Flame-resistant (FR) uniforms have a buyer power score of 3.8 out of 5. This score reflects a mix of favorable and hindering conditions existing in the market that have affected buyer power over the three years to 2014. During the period, strengthening business activity across major downstream industries, coupled with rising raw material prices, has underpinned price growth, says IBISWorld analyst Anna Son. As buyers in the manufacturing and energy sectors have slowly got back on their feet, they have expanded their production efforts. Because employers must equip their workers with sufficient protection from a thermal exposure, demand for FR uniforms has picked up in line with surging business activity.
During the three years to 2017, growing demand for protective garments and the rising prices of raw materials, such as synthetic fibers, will lift up the price of FR uniforms. Despite rising product prices, buyers will continue to benefit from low price volatility, which helps them better anticipate trends in the pricing environment and budget their purchase needs without fear of major price swings, continues Son. Additionally, rising penetration of cheaper imported FR uniforms will help warrant strong price competition, thereby supporting buyer power.
A large pool of FR uniform suppliers and low market share concentration further buoy buyer power. Despite the presence of a few prominent players, such as Carhartt and Grainger, the vast majority of the FR uniform market consists of small and midsize firms that operate on a local or regional basis. However, market share concentration has slightly risen, reflecting larger suppliers' efforts to seize a larger market share. Increasing consolidation among suppliers can be detrimental to buyers, leading to fewer suppliers to choose from.
Moderate product specialization and switching costs further restrain buyer power. Depending on the nature of the hazard, buyers must ensure that the desired FR uniform products comply with safety standards in their respective industries to avoid burn injury and other risks. Buyers of specialized FR uniforms will likely encounter more difficulties when switching suppliers due to specific product maintenance requirements. For more information, visit IBISWorld’s Flame-Resistant Uniforms procurement category market research report page.
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IBISWorld Procurement Report Key Topics
This report is intended to help buyers of flame-resistant (FR) uniforms. FR uniforms are constructed from materials that can deter fire from spreading and resist ignition. Flame-retardant substances are applied to the fabric of these uniforms to create flame resistance. Once the fire source is removed, FR uniforms will self-extinguish. FR uniforms are used in occupations involving high-temperature hazardous environments, such as electrical work, welding and oil refining. FR uniforms provide protection against a flash fire and electric arc flash and help mitigate burn injury from a thermal exposure. This report excludes firefighting clothes, such as turnout and extrication coveralls, jackets and coats.
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